Jill Dubisch, PhD

Jill Dubisch Regents' Professor Emeritus
Northern Arizona University
Blg 98D Rm #101F
Phone: 928-523-6795
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  • religion and ritual
  • gender and culture
  • medical theory
  • Greece, Europe, North America


BA, Reed College
MA, PhD, University of Chicago 1972


Dr. Dubisch, a cultural anthropologist, is currently researching contemporary spiritual pilgrimage and “New Age” energy healing.  Her most recent research has led her to join several pilgrimages to ancient sites in Europe, including Stonehenge and classical sites in Greece, in order to analyze the ways in which contemporary pilgrims seek healing and the construction of new forms of spirituality through the return to ancient religions and mythologies.

More generally Dubisch’s research interests have included Greece, pilgrimage, gender, ritual, and healing.  These have resulted in several books, including two edited volumes – “Gender and Power in Rural Greece” and “Pilgrimage and Healing” (co-edited with Michael Winkelman)—and two ethnographic studies – “In a Different Place: Pilgrimage, Gender and Politics at a Greek Island Shrine” and “Run for the Wall: Remembering Vietnam on a Motorcycle Pilgrimage” (with Raymond Michalowski) – as well as a number of articles and book chapters.

She has been the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar award for research in Greece and a Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship in Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona.  She has served as President for the Society for the Anthropology of Europe, as board member and secretary for the Modern Greek Studies Association, and as a board member for the Council of European Studies and the Society for the Anthropology of Religion.